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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Day 3

Last but not least in our series on being green and frugal is recycle. This one can be lots of fun. I'm so impressed with the myriad of ways people use things in a different way.

At our house we participate in our communities recycling programs. We have curbside recycling, which is just as easy as taking out the trash. We can also take our recyclables to our schools and drop them off there. This helps earn money for our schools.
I remember paper drives in elementary school. We had fun pulling our wagon down the street and collecting the unwanted papers from our neighbors.

Then there's the fun, creative ways to recycle. Here are some of the things I do:
Save rainwater and use it to water indoor plants.
Instead of throwing away the ends of my bread, (my kids don't like them) we make breadcrumbs or croutons.
I've cut up old denim jeans and made them into picnic blankets, quilts and bags.
The inside packaging of cereal boxes can be used like a freezer bag. The box can be cut and covered with cute scrapbooking paper and used to store magazines.
Milk jugs are in an area all their own. Cut the top off but keep the handle intact and you now have a nice handled bucket that can be used for picking berries, Easter egg hunts and Trick-or-Treating (decorated of course), cleaning etc. You can even hook it on to your belt for hands free work. Cut more of the jug off to make a scoop.
Use your empty laundry soap container, the big ones, as a washing station when camping. Just fill with water and put on its side on a table.
Cardboard egg cartons are great seed starters. Plus when its time to plant outside you can put it right in the ground.

Thanks for joining me in this series. I'm sure there are many things that you do in your frugal lifestyle that are good for our environment as well. If we continue to think of the ways we use things we can make our world a better, cleaner place to live.

Live less, live more

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